Thursday 23 March 2017

Titanic job hopefuls to be auditioned to find 'T Factor'

Tim Husbands, CEO of Titanic Belfast (right), Mayor of Belfast, Niall ' Donnghaile, and Cathy McCorry, Managing Director of Grafton Employment Group, who are inviting candidates to take part in 'T-Factor'. Photo: PA
Tim Husbands, CEO of Titanic Belfast (right), Mayor of Belfast, Niall ' Donnghaile, and Cathy McCorry, Managing Director of Grafton Employment Group, who are inviting candidates to take part in 'T-Factor'. Photo: PA

David Young

WOULD-be employees in the world's largest Titanic visitor attraction are being asked to show the "T Factor" in order to land a job.

The operators of the €110 m Titanic Belfast complex, which will open later this spring ahead of the 100th anniversary of the doomed liner's sinking, have come up with a novel way of recruiting some of its 250-strong workforce.



Applicants have been invited to audition for the posts by giving a three-minute performance on one part of the Titanic story.



The owners hope the exercise will demonstrate who has the passion and communication skills to become a guide in the new centre, which is located in the same east Belfast shipyard that the Titanic was built in.



Candidates, who must pre-register to secure a slot, will be given a script in relation to one of the nine galleries in the visitor attraction, and required to give an interpretative presentation.



Successful participants will be asked back for a formal interview for one of 70 "frontline" jobs in the centre.



Tim Husbands, chief executive of Titanic Belfast, said almost 1,500 people attended a drop-in day at Belfast City Hall last year with more than 850 expressing a definite interest in working at Titanic Belfast.



"This is a unique project with unique potential to promote Belfast to the world, so we need people with that special Titanic 'T factor', he said.



"The audition day will give prospective employees a chance to let their true personalities shine through.



Belfast Mayor Niall O Donnghaile said the level of interest from people keen to work for Titanic Belfast had been "staggering".



The audition day for prospective front-of-house employees will be held on Saturday January 14 at Grafton Recruitment's Belfast headquarters in The Boat, Custom House Square.



Among those Titanic Belfast has already recruited include a marine biologist to manage the attraction's Ocean Exploration Centre, which will include live footage of underwater explorations by Dr Robert Ballard, the oceanographer who discovered Titanic.



Those wishing to attend must pre-register by visiting Grafton Recruitment between January 3 and 13.

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